Quarterback Manigault transfers to Goose Creek from West Ashley

BY PHILIP M. BOWMAN

pbowman@postandcourier.com

High School League commissioner Jerome Singleton will conduct a thorough investigation into West Ashley High School's grievance against Goose Creek High School. The grievance was filed shortly after quarterback Pedro Manigault transferred from West Ashley to Goose Creek.

Singleton said Saturday afternoon that he is still reviewing the complaint.

"We will look into it," he said. "We will make a thorough investigation. But there is no set time frame because there's no immediate eligibility at stake because this involves football," he said.

"So, there is no pressing time element."

According to High School League rules, a player must sit out for a year if they transfer, but there exceptions that allow a player to be eligible immediately.

One of the exceptions is the student and his or her parent(s) have a bonafide change of address, and the move "must be with the intent of being permanent."

West Ashley athletic director Richard Luden said he and the coaches at the school were told by the Charleston Country School District to not comment on the case.

Goose Creek football coach Chuck Reedy said he was in Florida this weekend to visit his father, and didn't want to comment until he conferred with Goose Creek and Berkeley Country school officials.

"I heard about it on my way to Florida," Reedy said. "I haven't talked with anyone about it."

Manigault helped West Ashley post a 6-5 record in 2013. He passed for 651 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 1,075 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Singleton said he has heard more than 100 cases this academic year involving student-athletes who transfer.

"And, we haven't even heard any cases that involve spring sports," he said.

It marked the second time in five years that a high-profile West Ashley football player transferred to Goose Creek.

In 2009, brothers Deanadre and Brandon Shell transferred. Brandon Shell was a junior at the time and was The Post and Courier's player of the Year in 2010. He is a starting lineman for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.

It is the second time in three years that Goose Creek will be under the High School League's microscope.

In 2012, the Goose Creek football team was disqualified from the playoffs after Singleton ruled the Gators used an ineligible player. The school appealed and even went to court. But in the end, the High School League's Executive Committee voted unanimously to uphold Singleton's ruling.